Nominations for the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards was released yesterday.
It’s interesting to note that Anthony Wong’s Ip Man will take on Tony Leung’s Ip Man to vie for the Best Actor award. Anthony was nominated for his performance in Ip Man – The Final Fight <葉問——終極一戰>, whereas Tony was nominated for blockbuster film, The Grandmaster <一代宗師>.
Anthony was delighted about his nomination. The veteran actor said, “Finally, there is a nomination. I won’t act again if I didn’t get any nomination.”
He said that this year’s contenders are strong and it will be pure luck if he wins the award. He may even cry on stage if he snags the trophy.
Tony was composed about his nomination, saying, “I am happy to be nominated. It’s a team’s efforts.”
Other contenders vying for the Best Actor award include Nick Cheung for his boxer role in Unbeatable <激戰> and Sean Lau and Louis Koo in the crime thriller film, The White Storm <掃毒>.
Nick, Sean and Louis who starred as good buddies in The White Storm are happy to be nominated together. Nick said, “The nominees are all my friends. It’s quite rare to attend such ceremony with all your friends. Whoever wins the awards, I will be happy.”
Louis said, “I am happy to get a recognition. Although Nick was not nominated for his role in The White Storm, but we three brothers are nominated at the same time. Hope that our friendship will continue.”
Sean said, “All the nominees are my good friends!”
For the best actress category, Zhang Ziyi is the hot favourite as she had won the Golden Horse Awards and Asia Pacific Film Festival best actress for her performance in The Grandmaster. Other nominees include Sammi Cheng in The Blind Detective <盲探>, Nina Paw in Rigor Mortis <殭屍>, Tang Wei in Finding Mr. Right <北京遇上西雅圖>, and Cherry Ngan in The Way We Dance <狂舞派>.
Commenting about her nomination, Sammi said, “Haha! This is my 11th nomination in life. I am honoured.”
Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster receives the most nominations and was nominated in 14 categories. It also competes in the best film category with Unbeatable, The White Storm, The Way We Dance, and Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons.
33rd Hong Kong Film Awards Nominations (Major award categories):
The Grandmaster <一代宗師>
Journey To The West : Conquering The Demons <西遊‧降魔篇>
The Way We Dance <狂舞派>
The White Storm <掃毒>
Wong Kar Wai (The Grandmaster)
Johnnie To Kei Fung (Drug War)
Benny Chan (The White Storm)
Derek Kwok (As The Light Goes Out)
Dante Lam (Unbeatable)
Tony Leung (The Grandmaster)
Louis Koo (The White Storm)
Sean Lau (The White Storm)
Anthony Wong (Ip Man-The Final Fight)
Nick Cheung Ka Fai (Unbeatable)
Zhang Ziyi (The Grandmaster)
Tang Wei (Finding Mr. Right)
Cherry Ngan (The Way We Dance)
Sammi Cheng (Blind Detective)
Nina Paw (Rigor Mortis)
Best Supporting Actor:
Max Zhang (The Grandmaster)
Tong Dawei (American Dreams In China)
Huang Bo (Journey To The West : Conquering The Demons)
Eddie Peng (Unbeatable)
Antony Chan (Rigor Mortis)
Best Supporting Actress
Du Juan (American Dreams In China)
Carina Lau (Young Detective Dee : Rise Of The Sea Dragon)
Law Lan (The White Storm)
Crystal Lee (Unbeatable)
Kara Wai Ying Hung (Rigor Mortis)
Source: Ming Pao
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